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David Melrose injured as Team GB curlers lose 6-3 to Canada

Melrose was taken to hospital after falling from his wheelchair.

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David Melrose was taken to hospital after a fall during Team GB curlers’ defeat to Canada at the Paralympics.

Melrose was taken to hospital “for medical assessment” after falling from his wheelchair during the round-robin match.

The Scot’s chair appeared to get jammed at the edge of the ice as he reached for a delivery stick, causing him to fall and apparently injured his shoulder.

Melrose was treated by the team nurse and physio on the ice before being stretchered off.

A tweet from Paralympics GB read: “Update on @DavidMelrose10: He’s been taken to hospital for medical assessment after falling out of his wheelchair.

“He’s conscious and was accompanied to the hospital by a British Curling team nurse and physio after receiving initial treatment at the venue.

“Get well soon, David.”

A later update read: “David Melrose has now left hospital and returned to the athlete accommodation following scans which show a rotator cuff injury. He’ll continue to receive the medical support he requires, and all of us wish him well in his recovery.”

Gary Smith replaced Melrose for the match, which Team GB lost 6-3. That leaves the team needing to win their three remaining group games to reach the semi-finals.

Team skip Hugh Nibloe said: ” “It did affect us we are a close-knit bunch and it’s never easy to see anyone you care about taken away on a stretcher. The most important thing is that he is ok

“Outwardly I felt ok, but subconsciously there was few times I know my mind slips thinking ‘I hope he is ok’.

“David being well is the best thing, I would rather come off the ice hearing he is well with a loss than the other way round, and it means I can still have a smile on my face now.”